TULSA, Okla. – Virginia Tech golfer Marshall Bailey shot an opening round nine-over-par 79 in the 2009 U.S. Amateur Golf Championship at the Southern Hills Country Club and the Cedar Ridge Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., on Monday.
Bailey, a junior from Fincastle, Va., is tied for 215th place after the first 18 holes of 36 holes of stroke play for the event. This is Bailey’s second appearance in the U.S. Amateur. He qualified for the 2007 U.S. Amateur at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, shooting 161 in the two rounds of match play. Bailey played his round on Monday at Cedar Ridge.
Former Hokie Drew Weaver fared better in the first round. Weaver, who graduated from Virginia Tech in May, shot an opening round five-over-par 75 and is tied for 42nd place after day one. Weaver also played his round on Monday at Cedar Ridge.
This is Weaver's fourth consecutive appearance in the event and is in year three of an exemption earned by winning the 2007 British Amateur. He was recently named to the 2009 U.S. Walker Cup squad.
Following two days of stroke play, the field of 312 golfers will be cut to 64 players, who will then proceed to match play. All matches are 18 holes, except for the 36-hole final. This is the second U.S. Amateur played at Southern Hills. Bob Murphy won the event in 1965 at Southern Hills. Southern Hills will also host the 2011 U.S. Open. It has hosted eight previous USGA championships, including three U.S. Opens.
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